Former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan has joined other leaders to mourn the passing of Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.
Oba Adeyemi died on Saturday after a brief illness at age 83.
He was the longest-reigning Alaafin ever after ruling for 52 years – he took over the reins of the throne at age 31.
Meanwhile, in a condolence letter to the Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde, former President Jonathan noted that the late Alaafin was a skilled custodian of the tradition and culture of his people, who had an eventful and epoch-making reign.
He described the late traditional ruler as a great leader who recorded considerable achievements during his long and glorious reign.
“I commiserate with the Government and people of Oyo State and other family members on the transition to eternal glory of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, after a long and glorious reign.
“Oba Adeyemi’s voyage on earth was full of notable achievements and epoch-making reign as a highly revered royal father. He was a great leader, bridge builder and a skilled custodian of the tradition and culture of his people.
“His journey back to his ancestors shuts the curtain on a glorious era in Oyo. He will be greatly missed not only in Oyo State but also across the nation for his wisdom, disposition to peace and unity, and other patriotic traits he daily exhibited.
“I commiserate with his family and the entire people of Oyo; I urge them to take solace in the fact that Oba Adeyemi lived a long and impactful life of service.”